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Vol. XXIX No. 9

March 6, 2014

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Relief In Sight for Lower Alton Road By Michael W. Sasser

In the wake of perhaps-calamitous news about unusually high tides next year in a city already known for poor drainage infrastructure – and this administration’s foresight in mitigation plans – residents received good news last week after a visit by Mayor Philip Levine and City Manager Jimmy Morales. Levine and Morales met with Governor Rick Scott, the Secretary of Transportation, and the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection to discuss the lower Alton Road construction project and to explore ways to expedite construction and completion of the project. For residents, it’s hard to imagine a better outcome. The State has changed its project target completion date to December 31, 2014 – a full seven months ahead of schedule. Levine said that the City’s delegation was successful for several reasons. “One, the governor has been very responsive to me,” Levine said. “He visits Miami and Miami Beach frequently and understands the pressing needs we have for Alton Road. “Secondly, we have built a good relationship with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and District Secretary Gus Pego. “Lastly, the governor made sure that when we went to Tallahassee, he set us up with the Secretary of Transportation. “They were very professional and very business-like,” Levine continued. “We come from similar backgrounds, in business. In the private sector, you realize it’s about getting things done.” Success working with State officials is based on “building relationships,” Levine said. “We have found that the administration in Tallahassee has been cooperative with Miami

Beach,” he added. The completed project will alleviate traffic congestion and street flooding with the installation of three new pump stations. Additionally, the City of Miami Beach will be  strategically installing over 30 pump stations throughout Miami Beach to reduce flooding. “That’s going to take place over several years,” Levine sad. “But we are planning for the next 20-30 years, not just for the next few years.” Flooding has become a major issue for Miami Beach this year. Although flooding in areas such as Alton Road and other parts of the city, a task force recently addressed the potential severity of the issue. Scott Robins, chair of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Flooding Mitigation and Sea Level Rise told SunPost just weeks ago: “I don’t think they took the time to realize what studies revealed and think they just sat on their hands,” Robins said. “Studies are only as good as who commissions them.” In particular, Robins said that the drainage components of development projects under works and in the pipeline, citywide, are “under-designed. “At the first meeting of the task force, the first action [discussed] was that any project under construction had to be stopped,” and the drainage component redesigned, Robins added. Robins said that often not considered frequently or considerably enough previously was the level of expectation of residents when it comes to flooding and mitigation for it. Robins – both a preservationist and developer – also pointed out that the reason for inadequate design guidelines for drainage is not because the cost could have been considered burdensome to

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development interests. Based on recommendations the task force submitted to the City officially, Robins said, “We’re talking about a $6 million drainage project having cost $7 million. Question: Is it too expensive? Answer: No.” The commission took quick action on the first recommendation from the task force, in increasing high water mitigation plans for development projects underway and in the pipeline. Likewise, the City of Miami Beach has engaged in an effort to alleviate some of the traffic that develops as a result of the work on Lincoln Road. In an effort to improve access during construction, the City of Miami Beach launched a free trolley service last month that operates from Fifth Street to Lincoln Road, along Alton Road and West Avenue, with 21 stops along the way. Trolleys service runs approximately every 10 minutes from 8 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Sunday. The city also negotiated free, four hour parking at the Fifth & Alton Garage with the use of a trolley voucher. But while Robins insisted the flooding situa-

tion does not look dire, he also admits that there is a lot that neither the task force nor scientists who specialize in the area know. “The science is not all in,” Robins said. “Scientists can’t even agree; we all need another 1015 years to really know.” Factoring into need are the King Tides, unusually high tides that science seems to believe, are caused by an uncommon astral alliance and thus predictable. They are expected to occur in the next year or so and could affect sea level. Robins said he has been working with very aware, sober city employees and administrators that are well aware of the challenges ahead. He also said complete solutions to the city’s drainage problems are expensive, but not cost-prohibitive. Residents remain tired of the construction and the ongoing flooding that necessitated it. “It isn’t like the flooding is new,” said local resident Peter Schmitt. “It’s been like this for years and I don’t know what they tried to do to fix it before, but it sure didn’t work. I am glad they moved the time frame up. I just hope this fix works.”

PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY YOU SHOULD KNOW

Annette Bonnier Elephant Whisperer Compiled By Kim Steiner

Who are you? I am a local Miami woman, born and raised here. I am a photographer, a horticulturist who collects rare plants, designer (I designed our island style house) and I am a mother and wife. I love to sail, snorkel and spearfish in the Bahamas. I love art of all kinds. What do you do in real life? I am a freelance photographer working on my personal projects. What do you like most about what you do? People! Absolutely love taking photos of? People in interesting cultures and lives. I love artistic people and find people on the edge of society interesting. What do you typically shoot? I love to shoot people in their culture, backstage, behind the scenes and interesting lifestyles. Recent shoot you are excited about? India's Elephants! The last time that I was in India, I shot photos of elephants in temples blessing people. Beautiful and moving. Page 4 • Thursday, March 6, 2014 • SunPost Weekly • www.miamisunpost.com

Wildest experience on a shoot? Swimming underwater with a large tusker elephant in the Andaman Islands. We were worried about crocodiles in the area as a woman had been attacked perviously and killed. Yet the experience of swimming with such a large animal that was usually land bound was amazing. He was so graceful and beautiful but at any moment he could swipe me with his tusk and kill me. Tell us about your new book India's Elephants - India’s Elephants offers candid images of mahouts (keepers) and the elephants with which they work. The photo book is organized by themes including elephants in their natural habitat, decoratively painted and beaded for religious festivals, blessing patrons in temples, and captivating underwater photography showing elephants swimming in the ocean. By contrast, the elephants are captured interacting with humanity and the country’s booming industrialism: performing and training in the local circus, partaking in elephant polo for sport, interacting with ogling tourists and their cameras, and working in the state logging industry. Why elephants? On my first trip to India I became fascinated with several tourist elephants that were kept in a cement garage for the Amber Fort. My first photographs captured them chained to the floor with the mahout standing attentively next to them. The lives of the elephants and their keeper moved me. Both were shackled to poverty and a lifetime of indenture yet a spiritual bond existed between them that embraced a deep sense of reverence for the elephant. Throughout India elephants are respected as a spiritual animal, and Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, is venerated as one of the highest deities in the Hindu religion. However, there is an unusual dichotomy in the role of the elephant in Indian society, which wavers between the animal as an enlightened, spiritual being and as a beast of burden. This image left me with an amazingly sad beauty that I couldn’t get out of my mind. What is the next project you are working on? Possibly Africa! Bonnier will sign and discuss India's Elephants on March 7 at 6:30pm at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

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Tennis Anyone? By Frank Maradiaga Special to the SunPost

Never does Tennis have so much crossover appeal as when an underdog beats a favorite. In September of last year a number four seed beat a number one; $48,000 beat $120,000; and a chamber full of clapping supporters beat the Jimmy Morales administration, his evaluation committee, and the City’s Tennis Advisory Board. Weeks before an election, the Miami Beach City Commission voted to toss out the bidding process for its’ tennis court management contract and award it to the last-ranked incumbent; the move delighted scores of supporters who for nearly four hours waxed poetic about the Green Square company. Then the ball bounced to the other side of the court: the last commission was voted out; the previously top-ranked company hired the political consultant who helped elect the majority of the new commission; and the new commission voted to waive the bidding process and give the contract to the Miami Beach Tennis Management company. Now the commission has rescinded that move, and will serve up a rematch to the bidding process. At their March meeting, the commission voted to reinstate the original bidding process, and vote based on those results. “Someone wise once told me that the right process is sometimes better than the right result,” said Commissioner Micky Steinberg in support of the motion. The latest attempt to removing the bidding process was scrapped when attorneys for Green Square contented that the city manager was obligated to give a written recommendation to the commission.

City Manager Jimmy Morales has always maintained that the original bidding process was fair, and originally recommended to go with the rankings. “My preference would be that, whenever possible, a competitive bidding process be the preferred means for procurement of goods or services. As such, my recommendation was, and is, not in favor of waiving a competitive procurement process,” the city manager wrote in a memo to the commission. When asked at the meeting Morales again repeated the sentiment. “It reinstates the process that I felt was a fair process,” said Morales. “To me that’s preferable to waiving bids.” The city manager’s recommendations are meant to advise the commission, they aren’t always followed: Commissions have gone against the administration in a variety of instances like tow fee increases, the selection of a convention center developer, and the original tennis management contract selection. Until the contract comes back to the commission, the dais will review the original evaluation and presentations made a year ago. Last year’s numbers have number one ranked Miami Beach Tennis Management promising the city a revenue stream of $120,000 while crowdclapping-favorite Green Square only promises $48,000. The same commission has already voted in a 5 to 6 vote for the evaluation’s front runner. Commissioner Deede Weithorn did not vote as her husband is a principle for the incumbent company.

Miami Beach Hosts Condo Workshops for Residents The State of Florida Condominium Ombudsman’s Office is holding a series of Condominium Courses to be offered quarterly in partnership with the City of Miami Beach.  •Tuesday, March 18: Condominium Board Member Responsibilities •Thursday, June 5: Condominium Meetings and Legislative Updates •Thursday, September 4: Condominium Elections, Rules and Official Records •Thursday, December 4: Condominium Budgeting and Financial Reporting All meetings are held at 3pm. in Miami Beach City Hall, Commission Chamber, third floor. Miami Beach City Hall is located at 1700 Convention Center Drive. For info or to sign up to participate in the condominium course series: 305.673.7010. Page 8 • Thursday, March 6, 2014 • SunPost Weekly • www.miamisunpost.com

Miami Beach Joins Read to Learn Books For Free Program The City of Miami Beach has joined the Read To Learn Books For Free Initiative – a program developed by The Miami Children’s Trust and The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College with the goal of having all children in Miami-Dade County reading at or above grade-level by the third grade. Beginning today and throughout the year, 10 public Miami Beach locations will have the recognizable green donation bins where anyone can drop off new or gently used children’s books. For families with little or no access to books for their children, two new bookshelves have also been established in Miami Beach where parents and kids are be encouraged to take one book home from to read together. A full list of donation bins and bookshelves is listed as follows: DONATION BIN LOCATIONS: Flamingo Park PAL Building (999 11th St., Miami Beach, 33139) Miami Beach Police Station (1100 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 33139) City Hall (1700 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, 33139) Customer Service Center (1755 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 33139) 21st Street Recreation Center (2100 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 33139) Scott Rakow Youth Center (2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach, 33140) Muss Park (4400 Chase Ave., Miami Beach, 33140) North Shore Park and Youth Center (501 72nd St., Miami Beach, 33141) Fairway Park (200 Fairway Dr., Miami Beach, 33140) Normandy Isle Park and Pool (7030 Trouville Esplanade, Miami Beach, 33141) BOOKSHELF LOCATIONS: North Shore Park and Youth Center (501 72 St., Miami Beach, 33141) Flamingo Park PAL Building (999 11 St., Miami Beach, 33139) Nearly half of Miami-Dade County third-graders fail to read at the basic grade level, and children not reading on level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Thanks to the support of partners like the City of Miami Beach, this communitywide campaign aims to change that daunting reality. Read to Learn Books for Free makes books more accessible to children through strategically placed bookshelves filled with new and gently used age-appropriate books in highly visited locations. “We’re excited to serve as a host for the Learn to Read book initiative, and look forward to encouraging young residents and parents to visit our bookshelves. Developing the enjoyment of reading translates into creating a strong foundation for learning,” said Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. “This program is particularly special because it engages the whole community in recycling books that were once cherished by one generation of children so that they may now captivate a whole new generation, but with the very serious goal of helping them reach their full potential,” says Charles Auslander, President and CEO of The Children’s Trust. “We are extremely grateful to the City of Miami Beach for their support of the Read to Learn Books for Free initiative. Their participation will help put books into the hands of the underserved children in our community and get them reading for a bright future,” said Lissette Mendez, director of programs at The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College. Book drop-off and pick-up is limited to normal business hours for each location. For questions: miamibeachfl.gov or miamibeachparks.com or call Parks & Recreation at 305.673.7730.

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Low Impact

By Michael W. Sasser

Attorney: Terminal Island Project A Win-Win For City, Public

Cover Story: Low Impact

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t sits just short of arguably the highest profile access point to Miami Beach, one of the world’s most glamorous and scenic cities. Yet it is not a well-manicured, beautiful welcoming sight that beckons visitors to a city defined by incredible architecture, gorgeous beaches and a blending of cultures that made it “multi-cultural” long before college professors coined the phrase. Instead, it is a patch of space zoned for industrial use with one parcel in government use as base of operations for two city operations. It is also the embarkation point for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of heavy trucks hauling their loads across an already-crowded causeway that is expected to become even more congested with the upcoming opening of the Port Tunnel and of the Flagstone LLC development on Watson Island. It is Terminal Island, something of an eyesore to those entering Miami Beach. If a development group has its way, eventually Terminal Island will be the site of a 60-unit low-density development with accompanying recreational marina and a few amenities for residents of the residential community. Additionally, as part of a joint venture with the City of Miami Beach, the developer will reconstruct the City facilities on the island to make them more attractive, modern and useful – in exchange for the City giving the developer the development rights held but unused by the City plot of land on the island, while not increasing Floor-Area Ratio (FAR). Neisen Kasdin, attorney for the development group, former mayor of Miami Beach and an early activist in the Beach preservation movement calls it a winning formula for all parties affected. “What this is, to use an over-used expression, is a win-win project,” Kasdin told SunPost this week. “You have the replacement of an antiquated facility, you create something attractive at the entry to Miami Beach and you cause a reduction of traffic.”

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“Instead of a thousand trips a week from the port facility on the island, they claim a 60-unit condo will generate far less. This is not to be believed.” – Activist Frank Del Vecchio Kasdin, of Akerman LLP and representing Miami Beach Port, LLC, said the development would be a serious upgrade to the existing site. “Right now, that property us being used as a container port,” he said. “It has ships come in, unload at a container port and then ship elsewhere by truck. Often, there are a half-dozen trailers blocking the causeway.” The proposed development would eliminate the container port and replace it with slips for “baby yachts,” owned by unit owners and considerably softer on the eyes than commercial ships. “What we’d have there would be ‘baby yachts’ that might or might not be used by the owners of the units,” Kasdin said. “We can’t extend piers into Government Cut or toward the Coast Guard station. They can only be perpendicular to the sea wall – which is typically for yachts.” Officially, according to a February 3 letter from Kasdin to Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales, “MBP is proposing to redevelop the MBP Site as a mixed-use deep-water marina and luxury condominium project, approximately 200 feet in height to be prominently located at the tip of Terminal Island to include approximately 240,000 to 250,000 square feet of floor area with accessory uses and amenities for the building, and to redevelop the City Site, providing the City with a new maintenance yard, with new, more modern facilities, increased number of dedicated parking spaces, and better access to and from MacArthur Causeway for City vehicles while maintaining all of the es-

sential functions on the site.” The proposed development would also increase tax revenue to the City by approximately $2 million annually, Kasdin said. The City of Miami Beach has made it clear that the administration has taken no position on the proposed joint agreement, which would include transfer of development rights and re-zoning, and that it does not yet have enough information to evaluate the potential project. However, the need for upgraded City facilities on Terminal Island is well known. “We have facilities there and it’s no secret we would like to improve them,” said Assistant City Manager Joe Jimenez. However, the proposed development is not without controversy. Miami Beach activist Frank Del Vecchio has been rallying opposition to the project based largely on what he calls a false claim of traffic reduction. “They claim a reduction of vehicle trips by at least 17 percent,” Del Vecchio said. “Instead of a thousand trips a week from the port facility on the island, they claim a 60-unit condo will generate far less. This is not to be believed. The developer’s traffic consultant only used the standards for a 60-unit condo. The project proposes ‘accessory uses’ as well. Even without a conditional use permit, the condo would be allowed a destination restaurant accessory use up to 299 seats. More with a conditional use approval. Just a 299-seat destination restaurant, outdoor bar, rooftop club, etc., could generate in one 24-hour period the amount of truck traffic generated by the port facility in an entire week. The developer’s four other condo projects in Miami have restaurants, clubs, rooftop pool decks and bars, etc. This site is a magnet for this type of use.” However, Kasdin said there is no restaurant currently in the plans and that “accessory uses” such as clubs and multiple businesses runs contrary to the type of residences being developed. “If [one] reads our letter to the City, it discusses an approximately 60-unit residential building and boat slips,” Kasdin said. “The developer doesn’t intend to have anything other than that. People don’t want to pay for a building like this and then have to live next door to nightclubs. It’s also a remote destination. Obviously, we would agree to things like that.” Facilities for residents might include such things as a gym, snack bars and pools and perhaps a

small restaurant for residents – but there has been no discussion of additional restaurants, bars or clubs. No such suggestive language appears in documents submitted to the City. Furthermore, Kasdin said there is no comparison between this proposed project and others constructed by the developer. While Del Vecchio has referred to the development process as classic “bait and switch,” Kasdin said response from the City has been upbeat. “We’ve received very positive responses from the City,” he said. “They want a new facility with 140plus extra parking spaces and the City will make about $2 million in additional taxes.” Kasdin said the next step in the process is to further refine the development proposal, meet with neighborhood groups and the Coast Guard – and then go back to the city commission. “The reaction from most people has been good and they don’t seem to have a problem with it,” Kasdin said.

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formance, and traditional mountain music, this piece creates a black and white theatre/silent film experience you will never forget. Featuring Shira Abergel & Jameson Hammond. Festival runs through March 9. 7:30pm. Free. Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

MARCH 6 FESTIVAL Brit Week

BritWeek Miami, the annual celebration of British culture and industry excellence in South Florida, kicks-off its series of events today throughout Miami and Miami Beach. Developed to highlight the achievements and impact of British business in Florida, BritWeek Miami opens with the GREAT Business Innovation Awards Gala tonight at The Viceroy Hotel. In addition to the four signature business events being held, check out the Bucks Fizz Reception at Britto Central on Lincoln Rd; Friday, March 7th, 11am-1pm.; Miami Beach Polo Afternoon Tea at The Lord Balfour Hotel, Saturday, March 8th, 3–5:30pm; BritWeek Sunday in Coral Gables, Sunday, March 9th; MIFF screening of Dom Hemingway at Coral Gables Art Cinema and British Theater at Actors Playhouse production of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. For info: britweek.org

MARCH 6 THEATRE Appalachian Squall The Eighth annual Miami Made Festival, featuring a weeklong showcase of new works-in-progress created and performed by a roster of Miami-based artists across multiple disciplines, opens with Appalachian Squall. Produced, created and directed by Shira Abergnal, Appalachian Squall is a prohibition-era cautionary tale about love, pain, and alcoholism. Utilizing old archival & new film footage projections, original music, live per-

MARCH 6 FILM Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 1939 - 1949 This unprecedented exhibition of iconic Hollywood film posters from 1939-1949 illustrates how the motion picture industry countered America's isolationism, advocated going to war against the Nazis, influenced post-war perceptions of the Jewish people and the founding of the State of Israel, and shaped the face of contemporary Jewish life. The exhibition begins with the Hollywood studios' compliance with the Nazis' control of the motion picture industry in Germany, the ban on Jews from employment within it, and their restrictions on the American distribution of films shown in German and throughout Europe. Only one studio, Warner Brothers, refused to comply with any of Goebbel's demands and withdrew from the German market. Following the war, there were Exodus films addressing the attempt by European war refugees to build their lives and cultures after the Holocaust. Included are posters from classic films such as: Gentleman's Agreement, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, and The Great Dictator. Through August 24. Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.672.5044 or jmof.fiu.edu

MARCH 6 TOUR Wynwood Graffiti Tour with Brandon Opalka Take a tour of the magnificent and world-renowned artistic graffiti that has taken over every surface in Wynwood. Local graffiti artist Brandon Opalka will lead the tour of the neighborhood's murals. Opalka has been contributing to the graffiti scene in Wynwood since the early 1990's and his vibrant, wall sized works have brought him local and international attention. 4pm - 7:30pm. $10. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: mocanomi.org

MARCH 7 FILM Lawrence of Arabia Free outdoor movies every Wednesday night are in full swing with The SoundScape Cinema Series at the Miami Beach SoundScape ExoStage. This week's flick is Lawrence of Arabia. Directed by David Lean. With Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn. A flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during his World War I service in the Middle East. 8pm. Free. Exostage at Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

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MARCH 7 FILM Beetle Juice

MARCH 7 THEATRE Crimes of the Heart

Bandshell Movie Night in the North Shore shows Beetle Juice. A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. Director: Tim Burton. Starring: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Michael Keaton. 7pm. Hang out and enjoy a movie under the stars. 7pm. Free. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachparks.com

At the core of the tragic comedy are the three MaGrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy's home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi after Babe shoots her abusive husband. Winner of the Tony Award, the Drama Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize, Crimes of the Heart is considered one of the finest plays in the American Theatre. Through March 30. 8pm. Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre, 500 71st St; Miami Beach. For info: 305.397.8977 or miamibeachstage.org

MARCH 7 DANCE Open Barre: Chutes and Ladders 26-year old Justin Peck is a Soloist and choreographer with New York City Ballet, and is already hailed as a leading voice in 21stcentury choreography. Tonight's performance will feature Peck's Chutes and Ladders - the first work he created for Miami City Ballet - and performance excerpts of his other notable works. Learn about the artistic process behind constructing a modern ballet. Enjoy complimentary wine and soft drinks 30 minutes prior to curtain, and get up close and personal with Justin and the dancers in the 200-seat intimate studio theater. $35. 7pm. Miami City Ballet, 2100 Liberty Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamicityballet.org

MARCH 7 FILM The Birdcage Head to Pinecrest Gardens this weekend for outrageous comedy during Cult Film Friday. Tonight's flick is The Birdcage. Armand Goldman owns a popular “drag” nightclub in South Miami Beach. His long-time partner Albert headlines the club’s show. "Their" son Val (actually Armand's son by a heterosexual fling, twenty years before) comes home to announce his engagement to Barbara Keely, daughter of Kevin Keely, US Senator, and vice president of the Committee for Moral Order. The Senator and family descend upon South Beach to meet Val and his father and "mother..." and what ensues is comic chaos. In celebration of “Pride” come experience this “classic” comedy adaption of the famous French Musical, La Cage Aux Folles. Come early and take a stroll through the gardens. Simple refreshments available. $5. 8pm. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 S Red Rd; Miami. For info: pinecrest-fl.gov/gardens

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MARCH 7 FESTIVAL International Orchid Festival Choose from over 10,000 orchid plants from vendors from around the world. Explore the wonder of orchids during the garden workshops and walking tours. Marvel at rare orchid species in the American Orchid Society juried show, presented by the Orchid Society of Coral Gables. Enjoy wonderful food and live entertainment. Or Kids at the Kidway. Did you know vanilla comes from the vanilla orchid that is found in tropical rainforests? head to the Kidway to discover what other tasty treats and products come from the rainforest. We will have educational displays, arts & crafts, face painting and more. 9:30am 4:30pm. Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Coral Gables. For info: fairchildgarden.org

MARCH 7 FILM The Great Beauty In The Great Beauty, journalist Jep Gambardella has been a permanent fixture in Rome's literary and social circles since the legendary success of his one and only novel. Armed with a roguish charm, he has seduced his way through the city's lavish night life for decades, but when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (In Italian with English subtitles). $10. 9:10pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

MARCH 8 DANCE Erika Moon's Burlesque Magnifique Step into a world of spectacular glamour and tease as you venture through the eras of seduction with Burlesque Magnifique, from Erika Moon, a new concept that fuses the art of the tease with entertainment. A truly spectacular Burlesque revue to a Live jazz Band. A 90min. journey into the art of seduction as each performer draws you into their sizzling world. Each month a new local and international cast leads a mesmerizing journey through the ages, highlighting burlesque as it was in its heyday. 9pm. $62.25. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: fillmoremb.com

MARCH 8 KIDS Family Fun Day: Bahamian Culture Enjoy free things to do, learn, and experience with the whole family at the museum! Celebrate Bahamian traditions and participate in an interactive junkanoo performance, try Bahamian foods, play with musical instruments, and enjoy craft activities. Free. 1pm - 4pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org

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MARCH 8 DANCE The Diaspora Womens Dance Festival

MARCH 8 MUSIC Tomatito Sextet

The Dance Festival is a womanist exploration and meditation of movement and expression that narrates a distinct female experience across cultures. The aim of the festival is to provide collaboration and engagement between dancers, students and audiences to interrogate questions of power and agency, gendered spaces and the common movement language found across cultures. A weekend of dance workshops that integrates spirituality, empowerment and global connections from Turkey, China, Egypt and the Americas takes place at Belly2Abs dance studio in Miami and taught by visiting artist Kaeshi Chai. The culminating performance produced by the Art’s at St. Johns, highlights the interdisciplinary and cross cultural work of international artists Kaeshi Chai and Tiffany Madera and speaks to the organizations’ mission to present artists whose work is focused on social justice and equality. Featured dancers include Chai, Hanan, Michelle Grant Murray and Olujimi Dance company, Valerick, Francesca Sahar, and Alicia BellyCraft, Emergence and others. $30. Arts at St Johns, 4760 Pinetree Dr; Miami Beach. For info: artsatstjohns.com

Tomatito Sextet is one of the foremost flamenco guitarists today and a four-time Grammy Award winner. His charismatic personality and an unrelenting commitment to the proliferation of flamenco music have brought Sextet worldwide recognition, including collaborations with the great cantaores (Enrique Morente, La Susi, Vicente Soto and José Menese) as well as global stars, such as Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and Chick Corea. He has written film and theatre scores and appeared in the movie Devil’s Advocate with Al Pacino. His return engagement to the Arsht Center will surely be a feast for the ears. 8pm. $35 - $100. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

MARCH 8 KIDS Ai Weiwei Animals Discover Ai Weiwei’s majestic Chinese Zodiac Heads on the west terrace as you approach PAMM's entrance. Can you identify each creature? Join PAMM’s teaching artists to create zodiac sundials (based on an historic palace garden sundial with zodiac animals that inspired Ai Weiwei) and animal puppets. 1pm - 4pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

MARCH 8 DANCE Sleeping Beauty Ballet Etudes celebrates the start of their 40th Anniversary Season Presenting the classics with the renowned favorite Sleeping Beauty. Guest Artists Laura Valentin and Jose Rodriguez Principal Dancers from Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico will perform the leading roles. A special appearance by Prima Ballerina Dagmar Moradillos in the role of Carabosse the evil fairy; along with soloist and corps de ballet will grace the stage tonight. The production will have over 50 dancers on stage, lavish costumes and beautiful scenery to depict this beloved fairy tale with Tchaikovsky's spectacular music. 8pm. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: colonytheatremiamibeach.com

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MARCH 8 MUSIC Will Calhoun Ensemble Before winning two Grammys as a member of the groundbreaking rock group Living Colour, Will Calhoun was an accomplished jazz drummer, having graduated with honors from Berklee School of Music. After an immersion in African rhythms and electronica, Calhoun returns to his jazz roots with his core trio that features the virtuosic bassist Charnett Moffett and rising keyboard star, Marc Cary, augmented by jazz luminaries alto saxophonist Marcus Strickland and trumpeter Brian Lynch. The results are thrilling as a recent stint at the Blue Note in New York. 8pm. $40. Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd; Ft. Lauderdale. For info: southfloridajazz.org

A brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times–bestselling author of Insane City. In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Dave Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he’s serious about that title: “When my daughter can legally commence dating—February 24, 2040—I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased”) to funeral instructions (“I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner”), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (“It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers”). 8pm. Barry will sign and discuss his book tonight. Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

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MARCH 8 MUSIC Beethoven on the Beach

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Holocaust Memorial, designed by Kenneth Treister. Tour commences at HistoryMiami where you can enjoy a complementary visit with the purchase of this tour. Advanced reservations and payment required. $45. 10am - 12pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org

Orchestra Miami brings Beethoven to the Beach today. Perfect weather to gaze at the ocean while jamming to classical. Bleacher seating available, or bring your own lawn chair. Concessions available or bring a picnic. Free. 8pm. North Shore Park Band Shell, 7250 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: orchestramiami.org

MARCH 9 KIDS Tales and Tails

MARCH 8 DANCE Doctor Ouch!

Symphony of the Americas will take you on an orchestral exploration of the animal kingdom through a variety of musical repertoire, each focusing on a different animal--from elephants and lions to bumble bees and birds. This concert will feature works from Ravel's Conversations of Beauty and the Beast, The Elephant from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns and On the Trail from the Grand Canyon Suite by Grofé. Don't miss your chance to be part of a musical investigation of animal communication. Arrive early for a very special Instrument Petting Zoo sponsored by All County Music. Students will be introduced to various orchestra instruments and invited to touch, hold, and play them under a few certified instructor's supervision. Don't worry these instruments might bark but they won't bite. 11am & 1pm. $15 - $25. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

Doctor Ouch! returns to the stage to entertain audiences of all ages. The perfect introduction to the ballet, tells the tale of a doctor who travels to faraway Africa to help his animal friends, where he experiences unbelievable adventures. The story is based on a book by a beloved children's poet in Russia, Kornei Chukovsky. Dancers from Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida perform the principal roles accompanied by a group of young and talented dancers. $25. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: artsballettheatre.org

MARCH 8 MUSIC Jon Batiste And Stay Human The talk of the modern jazz world, with his unique voice, virtuosic piano chops and dapper sense of style, Jon Batiste transcends music genres and has ignited the music scene. Raised among the sounds and rhythms of New Orleans, Batiste comes from a renowned lineage of performers. He is founder and leader of the Stay Human Band, a modern jazz ensemble noted for their world-class music, high energy and uplifting spirit. 8pm. $25 – $46. SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: smdcac.org or 786-573-5300

MARCH 9 MUSIC Max Raabe & Palast Orchestra With faultlessly fitting tuxedos, hair slicked back, and a cheeky look, Max Raabe and his orchestra perform the best of '20s and early '30s dance, film and cabaret music—Cuban rumbas, cheerful foxtrots, elegant tangos—with amusing and somewhat ironic nostalgia. In the sold-out concert halls of New York, Shanghai, Paris, Berlin and Moscow, in Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Vienna, audiences celebrate Raabe and the orchestra with standing ovations. Raabe is also an example of that most unexpected quality – German humor. He assures us that: “All Germans are well aware that we have an international reputation for discipline, organization and efficiency - but no sense of humor.” Raabe is an exception to the rule. From the mesmerizing melodies to the hysterical comedy, Raabe and his orchestra offer nothing less than an unparalleled experience. 8pm. $55 - $95. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

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MARCH 9 TOUR Street Art by Bike PAMM Contemporaries Art Crawl tonight is Street Art by Bike. Take a guided bike tour of the latest murals in the Wynwood arts district with artist Danny Fila. Post-ride reception to follow. 3pm - 6pm. Wynwood Arts District. For info: pamm.org

MARCH 9 SOCIAL Brunch in the Garden Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami is an organization of women leaders in food, wine, hospitality and farming that works to improve education, nutrition and quality of life in South Florida. Dine in a casual and tropical setting at the annual brunch hosted in the Garden. Sample and enjoy culinary creations from celebrity chefs, restaurants, and exquisite gourmet shops. Watch cooking demos from Les Dames, and taste the student’s stations creations from Mast Academy, Miami Culinary Institute and other local standouts. Fabulous Food, Delicious Drinks, Tropical Setting, Casual Attire and Live Music. 11am - 2pm. $55. Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

MARCH 11 THEATRE Dead Man Walking To help increase human rights awareness, the MDC North Campus Pen Players will present Dead Man Walking. The work is based on the New York Times bestselling book Dead Man Walking, by humanitarian and anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean. For more than two decades, Prejean has devoted her life to educating individuals about the death penalty and mentoring inmates on death row. Her book, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into an opera, play and a major Oscar-winning motion picture starring award-winning actors Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Prejean’s humanitarian work inspired her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, as well as River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.Free. Lehman Theatre, 11380 NW 27 Ave; Miami. For info: mdc.edu.

MARCH 11 MUSIC Classical Passion

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Dominican-born Aisha Syed became the first Latina to have been admitted at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School. She now enjoys an ever-maturing career performing throughout the world. Recently awarded the 2013 Soberano Award as International Classical Artist of the Year as well as the 2009 Casandra Award and Latin Pride National Award. Syed performs on a 1690 Stradivarius violin and an Antonius Pelizon violin provided by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. She will be playing the stunning violin concerto by L. V. Beethoven tonight. 8:15pm. $50 - $75. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

MARCH 11 PERFORMANCE The Peking Acrobats This troupe of China's most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists and gymnasts perform amazing feats of daring with masterful skill and grace. Entertaining to sold-out audiences around the world, The Peking Acrobats expertly perform trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics and execute unbelievable maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs. Don't miss what the Seattle Times calls amazing and stunning and breathtaking and WOW! Fun for the whole family. 11am $7. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

MARCH 12 MUSIC Fire and Embers Fiery Prince Edward Island fiddler Richard Wood has lit up a lot of stages from Carnegie Hall with the Chieftains, to David Letterman with Shania Twain; from North America to Europe, Japan and Australia. Over the years, Wood has graced the stage for Royalty - the Queen of England, the Emperor of Japan, and Canada's Governors General. Most recently, he performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their Canadian visit to his home Province. Gordon Belsher brings a glowing warmth to the stage with a gentle charm that has become his trademark. His solo CD's have been nominated for Canada's East Coast Music Awards. As accompanist and featured vocalist with Wood, Belsher has toured extensively across Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Europe, Australia. Over the last few years, the two have been performing and touring as a duo. Enthusiastic audiences have been taken on a roller coaster ride of exhilarating, even exhausting, jigs and reels, strathspeys and hornpipes, along with beautiful airs composed by Wood himself. This is complimented by Belsher's engaging songs, some humorous and some poignant, warming things up for the next fiddle blaze. 8pm. $25. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: aventuracenter.org

MARCH 12 LECTURE Vinyl as a Medium Composer John Van Der Slice–former professor of composition at the University of Miami–will explore the audible nature of vinyl as a medium in a listening club session selected from LPs in his gigantic record collection of contemporary music. 7pm - 9pm. Audiotheque @ ArtCenter, 924 Lincoln Rd ; Studio 201, Miami Beach. For info: artcentersf.org

MARCH 12 BOOKS Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir The Green Book Club meets the second Wednesday of the month to discuss books. Join the group tonight for a conversation about Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir by Susanne Antonetta. This book is about an immigrant family that settles in the New Jersey Boglands to discover their new environment is riddled with radiaiton and toxic waste. The Green Book Club always welcomes new members and encourages meeting participation even if you have not read the whole book. 11am - 1pm. Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

MARCH 12 TOUR MOCA + Miami Marine Stadium MOCA Leadership Circle members are invited to tour the Miami Marine Stadium, one of Miami’s most important architectural and cultural landmarks with Rosa Lowinger, art and architectural conservator and curator of Concrete in Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium. Lowinger will discuss the significance of this icon of Modernist architecture and review the efforts to preserve it. 5:30pm - 7:30pm. $15. Miami Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway; Key Biscayne. For info: mocanomi.org

MARCH 12 LECTURE Michael Beschloss Newsweek has called Michael Beschloss the Nation's leading Presidential historian. He is a best--selling author of nine books, and can be regularly seen on NBC where he serves as the network's official Presidential Historian. He can also be seen regularly on the PBS NewsHour. His current project is a history of American Presidents in wartime. 8pm. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

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covery, exploration, and settlement of Florida, its transformation from a swamp to a paradise. Palm Beach, Key West, Miami, Tampa, and Orlando boomed, fortunes were won and lost, land was stolen and flipped, and millions arrived. Allman will sign and discuss his book tonight. 6:30pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

MARCH 12 FILM Gypsy Free outdoor movies every Wednesday night are in full swing with The SoundScape Cinema Series at the Miami Beach SoundScape ExoStage. This week's flick is Gypsy. With Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Paul Wallace. Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose. 8pm. Free. Exostage at Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

MARCH 13 BOOKS Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal

MARCH 12 FILM Midnight Cowboy John Schlesinger's look at the streets of New York and the relationship between two small-time hustlers played by Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman has become one of the defining symbols of the difficult side of urban life in America. A daring...shocking...provocative landmark for its frank depiction of the grittiness and unfulfilled dreams of big city life, Midnight Cowboy was the first X-rated film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director. 7pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

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MARCH 12 FILM O Brother Where Art Thou Free outdoor movies every Wednesday night are in full swing with The SoundScape Cinema Series at the Miami Beach SoundScape ExoStage. This week's flick is O Brother Where Art Thou. In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. Starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson. 8pm. Free. Exostage at Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

MARCH 13 BOOKS Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State Over its long history, Florida has been many things: a native realm protected by geography; a wilderness that ruined Spanish conquistadors; a place to start over; god's waiting room. With a native population as high as 900,000 (who all died), it became a pestilential backwater with a few thousand inhabitants, but today is our fourth most populous state, with nineteen million. The site of vicious racial violence, including massacres, slavery, and the roll-back of Reconstruction, Florida is now one of the most diverse states, a dynamic multicultural place with an essential role in 21st century America. However, the remarkable story of Florida has been distorted and whitewashed. In Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State, journalist T.D. Allman reclaims this remarkable history from the mythologizers, apologists, and boosters. Allman traces the disPage 20 • Thursday, March 6, 2014 • SunPost Weekly • www.miamisunpost.com

A fresh look at the life and times of Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin, two sisters whose radical views on sex, love, politics, and business threatened the white male power structure of the nineteenth century and shocked the world. The scandalous sisters in American history-were unequaled for their vastly avant-garde crusade for women's fiscal, political, and sexual independence. They escaped a tawdry childhood to become rich and famous, achieving a stunning list of firsts. In 1870 they became the first women to open a brokerage firm, not to be repeated for nearly a century. Amid high gossip that he was Clafin's lover, the richest man in America, fabled tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, bankrolled the sisters. As beautiful as they were audacious, the sisters drew a crowd of more than two thousand Wall Street bankers on opening day. Vividly telling their story, MacPherson brings these inspiring and outrageous sisters brilliantly to life. She deconstructs and lays bare the manners and mores of Victorian America, remarkably illuminating the struggle for equality that women are still fighting today. MacPherson will sign and discuss her book tonight. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

MARCH 13 LECTURE Imagined Landscapes For the opening of his solo exhibition, Imagined Landscapes, Miami-based, Haitian-born artist Edouard Duval-Carrié discusses his new work with PAMM Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander. 7pm - 9pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: info@pamm.org

MARCH 13 LECTURE Herbs and Medicinal Plants with David McLean Join one of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden’s most popular speakers for an intro to herbs and medicinal plants that can be grown in South Florida. David McLean has spoken previously at the Garden on topics such as balcony and container gardening, and is known for his wit and extensive practical knowledge of plants. In this discussion, He will share a list of 20 A to Z plants with healing properties, to fun and flirty aphrodisiacs such as saw palmetto for increased sex drive. Participants will get a chance during the lecture to purchase all of the plants so you can go home ready to immediately plant your own medicinal garden. Each participant will also receive one aloe plant grown at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, and one tilo plant grown by McLean. McLean is a naturalist who has operated plant nurseries, landscape companies, and worked at Broward College for 40 years. He also designed Nova’s medicinal garden. $8. 6pm - 8pm. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

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INTERVIEW

Film

Clingy Ma, Brainy Paw By Ruben Rosario

They’re joined at the hip, those two. Paloma, 35 and single, applies sunblock to her 15-year-old’s back. That would be Héctor, doeeyed, shy and still holding on to some baby fat that’s bound to disappear in the next couple of years. He, of course, returns the favor. Then they wait for their skin to absorb the lotion before going out to sunbathe by the pool. The opening scene in Mexican director Fernando Eimbcke’s Club Sandwich sets the tone for the wise, tender coming-of-age comedy that follows: spare, unassuming, gently observant. Its minimalism is of the playful, come-hang-out-with-us variety, and it won over this critic, who tends to grow wary and skeptical every time the lineup for the Miami International Film Festival is announced. (Let’s just say I’ve been burned in the past, in different ways.) It’s that time of the year again, fellow movie buffs and local culture patrons. Time to mosey over to the Olympia Theater in Downtown Miami, Regal Cinemas South Beach, Coral Gables Art Cinema, O Cinema Wynwood or, for what I believe is the first time, the spiffy Paragon Grove. Time to take in the usual – and sometimes unusual – assortment of social issue-driven documentaries, prestige European dramas and edgy fare from independent U.S. filmmakers. Will the next Blackfish, Fruitvale Station or Great Beauty be among the 93 feature films showing at the 31st MIFF? Let me get back to you in two weeks. But where are my manners? I left Paloma and Héctor hanging. Mother and son, you see, are taking advantage of a special promotion to vacation at a resort during the off season, which is fitting, considering how fond Eimbcke and cinematographer María Secco are of long shots in which the main characters occupy empty spaces, be it lounging by an empty pool or having lunch surrounded by a sea of empty dining hall chairs. It’s them against the world, the caring, free-spirited Paloma (María Renée Prudencio) fussing over, bickering with and, well, being a mother to his resentful-on-the-surface-butdeep-down-grateful offspring (Lucio Giménez Cacho). Enter Jazmín (Danae Reynaud), perky, flirtatious and most definitely keen on getting to know Héctor. So how does the increasingly smitten 15-year-old react to his newfound holiday companion? He rubs one out. He whacks off standing up by the hotel room window while Mamá is fast asleep. He spanks the monkey in bed while Mami’s away … while wearing her red bikini top. Those raging hormones are eating him alive, and he just c-c-c-an’t h-h-h-help himself. So what happens when Jazmín, who’s 16 – and trust me, that 1-year gap makes all the difference – makes the first move? Let’s just say things don’t go very smoothly. Their tentative, disarmingly awkward courtship does not go unnoticed by Paloma, who appears to be cool about the whole development but begins exhibiting territorial behavior in all kinds of unexpected and hilarious ways. That eyebrow ring she’s wearing might suggest a bohemian past, but put a girl between Mommie Dearest and sweet, slightly pudgy Héctor, and watch her turn into a traditional Latin mom. The elephant in the room, which the movie briefly addresses in one scene, is the absence of a father figure in Héctor’s life, which harkens back to Eimbcke’s debut feature, the latchkey-kids-whiling-away-anafternoon charmer Duck Season (2004). This valentine to single moms and the teen sons who love them (when they don’t wish they’d go away so they can get down to business) captures the moment a boy realizes he’s embarking on that pothole-filled road to adulthood, and it does so with warmth, sensitivity and an appreciation for life’s simple pleasures, such as the titular room service menu item. It also allows Secco’s meticulous framing to do a lot of the heavy lifting, reducing most of the dialogue to small talk, both pointed and mundane. At 82 minutes, Club Sandwich is a tasty morsel, small in scale but immense in empathy for all characters involved. It’s an oasis for festivalgoers weary of the hard-sell approach of so many comedies, indie and studio-produced alike. Here’s hoping it’s a good omen for the rest Page 22 • Thursday, March 6, 2014 • SunPost Weekly • www.miamisunpost.com

of MIFF’s 2014 lineup. Fingers crossed. Single parenting seems to be a recurring theme this week. Multiplex audiences young and old will probably flock to catch DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the latest feature from Rob Minkoff, who co-directed a tiny film called The Lion King back in 1994. I was hoping for a return to form for the Stuart Little helmer following his unwatchable indie bank-robbery comedy Flypaper (2011), which wasted Ashley Judd and Patrick Dempsey in an insufferably cutesy/twisty caper. His target this time around: bringing the cult characters in Rocky & Bullwinkle creator Jay Ward’s Peabody’s Improbable Histories segments to the 21st Century. The new film, a 3D adventure, features the voices of Ty Burrell and Max Charles as the time-traveling genius pooch and his adopted human son, respectively. At first glance, it seemed like a good idea to place Peabody, a devoted but emotionally detached father sporting Cecil Beaton eyewear, in the middle of a custody battle against a disapproving, humans-should-be-raised-by-humans social worker (Allison Janney). In the film’s most accomplished sequence, Minkoff depicts in regressive flashback how Sherman came to adopt the bright orphan who’s finally heading to school after years of home schooling/time-trotting history lessons. The flashback sequence is clever and touching, qualities that are in short supply elsewhere in the film, most disappointingly of all in the actual time-travel portions. Working from a screenplay by TV vet Craig Wright, Minkoff retains the source material’s penchant for having historical figures like Marie Antoinette and King Tut speaking in slang-heavy contemporary jargon, but with the exception of the estimable Patrick Warburton’s take on Trojan Horse mastermind Agamemnon as the original frat brother, the characters are shrill stereotypes and their dialogue is astonishingly lame. The film’s most fascinating character is Penny (Burrell’s Modern Family costar Ariel Winter), who makes life for Sherman a living hell on his first day at school. The idea that girl bullies can be just as vicious as their male counterparts is hardly groundbreaking, but Minkoff depicts the display of emotional violence with unvarnished potency. Many kids are this irredeemably cruel … which makes Penny’s eventual softening all the more dismaying. The same bland squishiness pervades throughout Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which shows a once gifted storyteller phoning it in. I’d tell this whimpering father/son tale to play dead, but this one’s poised to bark all the way to the bank. Mr. Peabody & Sherman bow wows March 7 in wide release. Club Sandwich screens March 10 at Regal Cinemas South Beach and March 12 at the Paragon Grove 13.

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REVIEW

Theatre The Ride of Your Life By Roger Martin ATCA

WarHorse is huge. Not only the massive puppet horse, Joey, on stage, but also the entire production. Playing through March 9 at the Arsht Center, WarHorse is overwhelming. This a show that batters the emotions and the senses. Even the most cynical will find it almost impossible to resist the tale of a boy and his horse, separated by war. Even the most sophisticated will be enmeshed in the horrors of the First World War. It's stage craft magic at its best throughout the evening. English lad owns big, beautiful horse. His father sells the horse to the army for cavalry charges in the mud of France. Lad enlists to find his horse. You guess the outcome. Right. But you won't guess how well this simple tale is told. The puppetry is astounding; the two lead horses, Joey and Topthorn, each manipulated by three puppeteers, are alive and irresistible. The largest leap, the smallest breath, is not beyond them. An evil tempered goose patrols the farmyard, birds fly overhead. Staging by suggestion is the rule. An auction ring delineated by a couple of horizontal wooden poles, a simple door for a house, a few metal rods as a ship's prow rising and falling in the heavy seas of the English channel. A terrifying tank in Flanders. A white cloud stretches across the stage and on this are ever changing superimposed line drawings of the English countryside, the blasting explosions, the lights and violence of the battlefields. Spreading pools of blood that turn into the red poppies of Flanders fields. The rattle of the machine guns, the bursting shells, the moans and shrieks are terrifying in their realism. There are 45 actors in WarHorse and all are equally strong. Accents are spot on. There is a song man commenting on each scene and several songs by the company. Words, however, are sometimes difficult to discern. And that's my only carp. This is a National Theatre of Great Britain production with direction by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr. Costumes, lights, sound all of the very best. The technical side of WarHorse is impressive, so much so that it becomes the over riding memory after the evening is over. But be aware, this show is all about emotion. Your buttons will be pushed. And you won't be able to resist. Personally, I don't do sad. Don't like it, never have. But like the lady in the row behind me who moaned “Oh, no” at the death of a horse, I couldn't fight off that lump in the throat. Good theatre will do that. WarHorse at the Adrienne Arsht Center through March 9. 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. 305-949-6722 or arshtcenter.org

Dance

Florida Follies: Dancing for Showgirls 60+ By Brenda Ramirez

When the Original Florida Follies take the stage with their extravagant outfits, gigantic headpieces, feather boas, and elaborate makeup, dancing away and smiling at the crowd, you can tell that most of these women have been moving like this for a long time. All the performers are 60 to 90 years old — or, in their words, “90 to 60 years young” — and the ranks are full of the well-trained: former showgirls, professional dancers, singers, and dance instructors who, like their lessgifted peers, have chosen South Florida for retirement. “One day, I went to see my granddaughter’s recital at school,” says Love Crisson, 69, who has been a Follie for eight years. “I said, ‘you know what? I want to be on stage, too.'” She found an ad in a local paper and called the number to join. At the other end of the telephone line was Cathy Dooley, who had started the nonprofit organization twelve years ago as a way to help local children’s charities. (Even now, when the Follies present their Broadway-style revues in venues throughout Broward and Palm Beach County, no one gets a salary; all proceeds go to two local organizations annually.) After working as a professional dance instructor for more than 50 years, Dooley started the troupe because she says the

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best thing she knew how to do was entertain. But with two new hips and a knee replacement almost two decades ago, she no longer dances. Instead, she works as artistic director and choreographer, guiding the women through rehearsals twice a week for eleven months. All that work goes into six Sunday shows — matinees — throughout January, February. and March. At last show of the season in Fort Lauderdale (“Viva Las Vegas” was the theme this time), the Follies earned standing ovations as the women performed Burlesque numbers, a sensual jazz piece, and tributes to Elvis and Frank Sinatra. The audience gasped as the women shook their butts (still got it) and executed splits and turns. "It is easy to work with them because they are my contemporaries,” says director Dooley, who turned 82 this year, of her ladies. “We are entertaining people and we all want to do it." The Florida Follies are in an all-new Broadway-style stage extravaganza Hit Parade 2014 on March 9 at 1:45pm. $29.50. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St, Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954-462-0222 or parkerplayhouse.com

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PREVIEW

Art

The Bass Museum Explores Haute Couture Fashion and Contemporary Art By Lee Reed

Vanitas: Fashion and Art examines the theme of vanitas as expressed by avant garde ready-to-wear and haute couture fashion, and contemporary artworks. Traditionally used to refer to a type of still life painting popular in the Netherlands during the seventeenth century, the term ‘vanitas’ has become more generally associated with art that meditates on the ephemeral character of earthly pleasures and worldly accomplishments, and highlights the fragility of our desires in the face of the inevitability of death. With its accelerated cycle of obsolescence, explicit manifestation of status and material success, and potential for narcissistic self-regard, fashion is a particularly apt medium through which to explore this exhibition’s central theme. Vanitas artworks usually incorporate particular types of imagery that allude to the transience of life, as well as often including more explicit representations of momento mori. In order to draw out these connections the exhibition’s curator, Harold Koda (the celebrated Curator-in-Charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), has subdivided the exhibition into sections according to the allegorical imagery often found in vanitas works, such as skulls, butterflies and poppies. Works featuring these themes include Jason Salavon’s Still Life (Vanitas) which presents a photo-realistic rendering of a candlestick and mammal skull, with the latter imperceptibly ‘evolving’ through a range of different animals; Mat Collishaw’s Insecticide photograph of crushed winged insects and a butterfly silkscreen print by Damien Hirst; and a poppy hat by Jasper Conran and Philip Treacy. Pieces by Isaac Mizrahi, Elsa Schiaparelli and Alexander McQueen will also be on display, alongside dresses by Yohji Yamamoto and Iris van Herpen, among others. These pieces from the world of fashion will be juxtaposed with film and video works by Sam Taylor-Johnson and Greta Alfaro; photographs from Pinar Yolacan’s Perishables series; and Ori Gersht’s Blow Up, a large scale photograph of an elaborate floral arrangement based on a nineteenth-century still life by the French painter Henri Fantin-Latour, captured at the moment that it explodes. Vanitas: Fashion and Art is on view March 13 – June 20, 2014 The exhibition is curated by Harold Koda, an award-winning curator and scholar, who has been Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2000. He has published widely and his recent exhibitions include The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion (2009), Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012) and the upcoming Charles James: Beyond Fashion (May 2014). Opening exhibit March 12 during A Night at the Museum annual fundraiser. 8pm - 11pm. Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: bassmuseum.org

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South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2014 - Part 2 By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore maryjoshore@aol.com

MIX IT UP WITH MORIMOTO AND FRIENDS Late night on Friday, February 21, the Shelborne Wyndham Grand and Chef Masaharu Morimoto celebrated the annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival with Mix it Up with Morimoto and Friends, where a vibrant crowd gathered poolside to meet renowned Iron Chef Morimoto, (who personally rolled his signature sushi), indulge in Asian-inspired fare, sip Sake and sing karaoke. Larger than life Food Network personality, Robert Irvine was also seen munching on innovative Asian fare, including Spam & Foie Gras Musubi and Wagyu Picanha Steam Buns from SUSHISAMBA and SUGARCANE, lobster pancakes from the soon-to-be open China Grill and treats from Makoto. In addition to getting to pose with Morimoto and delight in a raw bar of king crab legs, shrimp and sushi, set in a spectacular ice bar that featured all sorts of sea creatures in curious poses frozen in the ice, guests got a sneak peek of the highly anticipated opening of Morimoto at the Shelborne, launching in mid-April. Partygoers stayed late, singing karaoke into the wee hours.

COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS CHEF BLOW-OUT A Saturday night after party hosted by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas presented by Food & Wine combined South Beach nightlife and Las Vegas luxury from on the rooftop of the New World Center. The menu featured hors d’oeuvres from STK at The Cosmopolitan including Braised Short Rib Sandwiches and Oyster Shooters as well as signature items prepared by Joe’s Stone Crab such as Stone Crabs with mustard sauce, Clam & Lobster Fritters, and Lobster S’mores. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ resort mixologist, Mariena Mercer, served handcrafted cocktails such as The Pink Lady, made with pink grapefruit vodka, pink grapefruit juice and rhubarb syrup, while chief mixologist Marshall Altier of the resort’s new social club, Rose. Rabbit. Lie., created the Gentleman’s Buck with single malt scotch, ginger and orange. Gorgeous Miami-based DJ duo Ess & Emm, spun throughout the night, providing the soundtrack for the evening. Guests had the chance to pose in front of Las Vegas artist Jerry Misko’s take on the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. The Cosmopolitan’s Chief Executive Officer John Unwin and Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Marchese, along with chefs Stephanie Izard, April Bloomfield, Amanda Freitag, Franklin Becker, Johnny Iuzzini and Jenn Louis were all seen enjoying the party. Additional notables from the culinary community included writer Ruth Reichl, Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, as well as TriBeCa Grill’s Drew Nieporent and Carlos Suarez of Rosemary’s and Bobo.

YARD HOUSE OPENS ON SOUTH BEACH In (great!) food news this week...Yard House, the upscale restaurant known for its reasonably priced, great food, extensive draught beer offerings and attentive service is now open on South Beach at 1681 Lenox Avenue. The expansive, comfortable space is a great addition to Lincoln road, offering a relaxed environment with a soundtrack of classic rock music and a seemingly endless selection of beers on tap including imported, craft and specialty ales and lagers. Yard House Miami will open daily at 11 a.m., serving lunch, dinner and late night seven days per week. Yard House’s awardwinning menu features more than 150 items including appetizers, salads, grilled burgers, tacos, seafood, steaks and ribs. Guests can also enjoy an array of gluten-sensitive options, as well as vegetarian dishes made with gardein, a blend of garden vegetables and protein that has the look and texture of beef and poultry. The new Kids Menu includes an entrée, side dish, beverage and dessert Page 28 • Thursday, March 6, 2014 • SunPost Weekly • www.miamisunpost.com

Marc Summers, Robert Irvine, Chef Masaharu Morimoto

for just $6.95. Happy Hour at Yard House includes a large selection of half-price appetizers and drink specials Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and late night Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. until closing. The new restaurant will offer 140 draft beer selections, including several beers from local breweries, such as Cigar City Brewing, Due South Brewing Company and Funky Buddha Brewery. The Chalkboard Series will feature five hand-picked draught selections that rotate frequently, keeping the selection both innovative and fresh. These featured beers are listed on a digital chalkboard prominently displayed above the island bar. Currently, the Chalkboard Series includes Due South Honey Vanilla Wheat, Blue Point No Apologies and Peak Organic King Crimson. Yard House also boasts a full bar featuring a list of creative martinis, sake, Crafted Cocktails inspired by classic drinks and a Fresh & Skinny menu with a calorie range of 115 to 176 per cocktail. According to Andre LaGrange, General Manager, “From carrying local beers like Funky Buddha Floridian and Due South Honey Vanilla Wheat to our partnership with Feeding South Florida, Yard House is proud to be part of the South Beach community.”

CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS Coach Don Shula was on-hand to introduce his delicious Shula Burgers last Wednesday at Trump National Doral, which will host this weekend’s Cadillac Golf Championship- featuring a fashion show by Carolina Herrera and a concert by Travie McCoy. The Trump family: Donald, Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric attended the kick-off party at the SLS on Tuesday night, for this weekend’s Cadillac Championship. Lauren Graham, best known for her role on Gilmore Girls, was spotted dining at Restaurant Michael Schwartz at The Raleigh Hotel. The actress shared several dishes with friends and a few glasses of wine.   Fitness and fashion guru, Lucy Mecklenburgh from the UK’s hit TV show The Only Way is Essex, dined at Villa Azur on Thursday, February 27. Mecklenburgh, who has made her stamp in the fitness and modeling world with “Results with Lucy” and “Lucy’s Booty Camp” was joined by a close girlfriend and enjoyed champagne and white wine at a cozy table in Villa Azur’s outdoor garden. Looking elegant in a simple black dress, Mecklenburgh enjoyed some of Villa Azur’s healthy signature dishes. We had the chance to rub elbows with lots of Food Network stars such as: Giada De Laurentiis, Alex Guarnaschelli, Andrew Zimmern, Debi Mazar, Gabriele Corcos, Masaharu Morimoto Anne Burrell, Michael Symon, Aarón Sánchez, Geoffrey Zakarian, Rocco DiSpirito and the Deen Family at the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village. Alonzo Mourning, hosted a VIP dinner and cocktail party at Beauty & The Feast Bar|Kitchen located in The Atlantic Hotel & Spa in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, February 26th. Over 100 guests joined Alonzo and Tracy Mourning at the event which raised over $35,000 for the Mourning Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of children and families in the South Florida community through advocacy, education and enrichment services. Beauty & The Feast Bar|Kitchen will be officially opening in mid to late March with a globally inspired American menu.

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Horoscope March 2014 By Mary Michele Special to the SunPost

March is mostly the sign of Pisces. The last sign in the zodiac and the symbol of Christ. The end of the month brings the spring equinox and the first day of spring, also the first day of Aries. Water, the element of the emotions is everywhere. The Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and the north node are all in water signs. For anyone who has been in or studied psychotherapy, you know our feelings are what matter most. Even the most major decisions are made on instinct. Ask Bernake, Clinton,Nixon, or Einstein. Winston Churchills irreverent remark to Eleanor Roosevelt. Madam in the morning I will be sober. Logic and perfection make us feel guilty. But, it is a good thing we keep on trying. If you know your rising sign, read that as well. ARIES RULED BY MARS Your time is coming, just a few short weeks, and you can go off to stir up the masses. You are still playing high speed chases in the mud. If you need speed, try it on water. Being reasonable is not your favorite thing, and can be over rated. It is better to strike when iron is hot. The goddess of love is encouraging you to invent things. Any innovative puzzles you have dreamt about? TAURUS RULED BY VENUS The nurturing suits you, having to come up with new ideas does not. Status quo is your motto. But money which is your itch is requiring a whole new set of inventor objects to stay in the game. Venus likes Pisces, so you can be dreamy and un-

conditional in your idealism. Games that require numerous players could be fun and profitable, this includes sussing out your coworker at the real estate office. GEMINI RULED BY MERCURY Go into town and visit the twin tower memorial, if you can. It shows how mutable and renewable the twins can be. You are able to grasp quickly the new and different. Use your passion to spread the word. Use the water energy, drinking it, or sitting by it or getting in it. If you need to wallow in it, that is ok too. Remember new life is getting to burst, sometimes thru water. CANCER RULED BY THE MOON Architecture is on everyone's mind. The sea has it too. Boats, docks, and dams are always being built in new and different ways. Protection of the largest mass on earth is one of our biggest challenges. To take a cruise can be fun, it expands the horizon and rocks our sense of equilibrium. You contain the nurturing in your core, sometimes let others do it for you.

LIBRA RULED BY VENUS The new moon on March first is focusing on the issues of what is the difference between work and play or life and death or shall I stay under the covers and dream a little longer? The part of you that enjoys harmony and beauty will be enhanced over the next two weeks. If you are asked to play King Solomon, just pretend you didn't hear it. The sexy fireman or gorgeous dressmaker will be noticing you.

LEO RULED BY THE SUN Light is the energy we seek, be the beacon. You rule the heart, and at times the pressure to trick others to think like children is tiring. As life gives us new experiences we relegate some to past disappointments. Most traditions and ceremonies are geared to the idea to sticking to one thing at a time. The more we try to know the less we consolidate in the balance of light.

SCORPIO RULED BY PLUTO Baby oil in the bathtub is a wonderfully soothing way to go. Even if finding sunlight isn't your thing, a little bit right now could work wonders. The new moon speaks to you, it is time to have fun. What is totally useless but makes you smile. Meditation is more often than not travel in the mind. Or you could call it daydreaming. When you look out the window, imagine the characters in the clouds, wind, or flora.

VIRGO RULED BY MERCURY Keep your mind from racing and put logic on hold. Ancient Greek had 3 modes of persuasion, pathos, ethos and logos. Pathos is emotive, ethos become ethics, and logos becomes order or reason. With the sun in Pisces, emotive is the primary directive. To allow your emotions free rein is not that comfortable for you. Read the theater of the absurd or watch the playful nature of dolphins.

SAGITTARIUS RULED BY JUPITER Your ruler is shifting into high gear. All that you have learned will be needed by those nearest and dearest. Be ready to pontificate. A sense of humor is always what is appreciated most, when pointing out another way of providing service. Have you ever thought of inventing something outlandish? Could you become Jules Verne for awhile. Ride something; a horse,scooter,cigarette boat, like the wind.

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CAPRICORN RULED BY SATURN Be not frustrated by bankers. The handling of other peoples money is an unenviable job. Enjoy the plethora of new buildings and roads and infrastructure that is being constructed. May will bring a break to move forward on the new deals you have been planning. Nothing is impermeable that cannot be redirected. AQUARIUS RULED BY URANUS Ideas are coming fast and furious. The money to implement as well. You must however, find someone to help you stay on track and learn to let them rein you in. Lightening could be seen as reverse fireworks, thunder is the charge from the clouds. Grounding through the rod is your tool to make the electricity which is your element. You charge and give the rest of us energy. PISCES RULED BY NEPTUNE Your light is reflected thru a pond with gold fish and lily pads. The most nurturing thing to do is sing in the water. Exercise voluntary and involuntary muscles. The only down side is getting hungry. You offer unconditional love to those who can handle it. Make sure they give some back. Make lyrical connections, like sleeping in the clouds with dusty lines of lineaments. We don't really have to make sense, if we hold someone.

As Above, So Below. Be well. Mary Michele Please visit my website marymichele.org

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